I remember a song I used to love to listen to in my younger days. It was sung by Reggae singer Johnny Nash and it went like this:
Every night I wake up crying, Tears on my pillow, pain in my heart, You on my mind.
Everybody has cried at some time or the other. Some may cry often with their tears being visible, while others may cry only on the inside, with no visible sign of tears. A few men pride themselves by saying that they never cry!! A quote however says, ‘Less wars would be fought if men cried more often’!
It is said that a well- known evangelist was once preaching in Chicago on the first day of a series of Gospel meetings. At the end of the sermon, he felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to give people an opportunity to invite Jesus into their hearts. However, since the meetings were scheduled to go on for many days, he apparently decided to make that invitation the following day. That night, the great fire of Chicago swept through the town, causing much havoc, destruction and loss of lives. As a result, the evangelist decided that he would never again close a Gospel message without giving people an opportunity to invite Christ into their hearts and to receive His salvation and eternal life.
SCRIPTURE – The name of the second (son) he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52) NKJV.
In this sermon we will look at the life of Joseph. It’s an amazing story, the kind of story that dreams are built on. After many unexpected twists and turns, and thirteen years of toil and affliction, God blessed Joseph in an unimaginable way! As a result, he became the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:41-44), and thereafter, God blessed Joseph with two sons (Genesis 41:50). He named his second son Ephraim, which had the meaning of being ‘fruitful through affliction’ (Genesis 41:52). The word ‘affliction” is translated ‘suffering’ in the NIV.
Many buildings that look strong on the outside develop cracks and some collapse, due to the foundation being weak. Bad foundations produce bad buildings! It’s no different with building a blessed family. Didn’t the Lord Jesus Himself give us the parable of the house on the Rock and the one on sand (Matthew 7:24-27)? The house on the Rock stood firm because it had the right foundation.
In this article, I would like to share what I believe are 5 vital foundations for building a blessed family. They are:
I once read a story in a magazine of an atheist who loved nature & had gone on a hike on a nature trail. As he kept admiring the scenes around him, he lost track of the trail. When eventually the time came for him to get back, he realized that he was hopelessly lost. So, for the first time in his life, he prayed to God.
This is the video of a sermon I preached at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, October 6th, 2019. It is based around Elijah’s ministry and talks about some lessons God takes us through to prepare us for His powerful plan for our lives. Be blessed as you watch.
This is the video of a sermon I preached at the People’s Church, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, 28th July 2019. It is centered around the encounter Moses had with God at the burning bush. For an outline of the sermon, please click here. Thanks.
This is an outline of a sermon I preached at People’s Church, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday 28th July 2019. The sermon covers some key points from the meeting God had with Moses at the burning bush. I pray the outline will be useful to you.
I. IT HAPPENED IN THE MUNDANE
God met with Moses while he was attending to his daily work as a Shepherd.
Exodus 3:1-2 “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.”
heard a Pastor mention that he waited 6 long years to win the affection of his
future wife. The Founding Pastor of People’s Church in Sri Lanka, Pastor Colton
Wickramaratne received a vision from God in 1957 about his future ministry. He
had to persevere through many delays and challenges before the large vision
became a reality. When I began my career in Radio Broadcasting, I waited 3
years to get a proper break on the Radio Station. I almost quit, but thankfully
God came through at the right time and my broadcasting career expanded
thereafter. A number of couples I know prayed earnestly for a child for many
years before the prayer was answered.
This is the video of a sermon that was preached on Sunday, November 25th,2018, at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The sermon shows how we can finish our race well through 5 practical points. It is based around the Apostle Paul’s final instruction to Timothy in the last chapter of 2 Timothy. May it encourage you to finish your race well!
We would normally do anything to protect our name. My surname Jayasooriya is spelled with the letters ‘soo’.., but pretty often, people spell it with ‘su’. I don’t mind it but I like it when my name is spelled correctly. From the days I was in school and even up till today, if you saw the figures or number 007, what would you think of, or who would you think of? That’s right, it’s James Bond! Right through my entire life the name Elvis Presley has been a very well known name. A name like Mohandas Gandhi is a very well known name. And for the more modern generation, who are into modern day entertainment, names like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader are the kind of names that they are familiar with right now. For instance, if last Sunday we had announced that an internationally known preacher was speaking at this service on Sunday morning, I am sure that more people would have turned up just to hear him because the name carries some value with it.//CONTINUE READING THIS//